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Immunization of mother and child among the Bodo tribes in India

Pallabi Borpatragohain, Coordinator RRC VHAI, New Delhi, India

by Kerlène Volant

Immunization of mother and child among the Bodo tribes in India - Pallabi Borpatragohain 

A women is not only a daughter, sister, wife, mother but also a home maker, a family designer, a potter who moulds the whole family, dedicated to others than to herself”, according to Pallabi Borpatra Gohain’s own words. Just as a mother, this woman, who took part in the GFMER Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2010, and her team had to face a lot of difficulties while pushing injections to mothers and children during their Immunization duty in the Forest area in Sonitpur District, India. But at last, after doing a safe Infection, prevention and control (IPC), they finally succeeded in convincing the Tribal Bodo people, one of the largest ethnic and linguistic groups of Northeast India, to get immunized. A huge relief but also a great memory for the whole team, as shown by the big smiles on their faces!